THE VETERANS WRITING RETREAT
MAY 3-4, 2014
Each year, the Writers Guild Foundation likes to give back to the men and women who have given so much for all of us. And this year we're doing it again: For one weekend in May, we're bringing in a crowd of vets, pairing them up with working film and TV writers, and setting them free to broaden their creative horizons.
(We also ply them with snacks and drinks. But that's afterward.)
If you're a military vet with a strong interest in writing, this is the program for you. In fact, there's no other program like it out there. Some charities set up writing workshops for vets. But only the WGF gives vets the experience of working with honest-to-goodness entertainment industry writers. Past mentors have included FRASIER creator Peter Casey, RENO 911! creator Robert Ben Garant, and WICKED writer Winnie Holzman. In other words: The real deal.
And if you're not a vet, but you know a vet, pass this email on! Trust us: There's no better feeling than doing a vet a favor.
Space is limited! Be sure to get your application in before the March 7 deadline.
NOTE: As dumb luck would have it, we're currently in the process of moving our website to a new host. So if you can't get through, don't despair - wait an hour or two and try again, and everything should be running smoothly. Thanks!
THE PASS IN REVIEW
The USVAA would like to direct your attention to a promising new project by military veteran artists.
The Pass In Review is a quarterly magazine for the arts that is focused on giving a strong, clear voice to the military veteran. This is a place for veterans of all backgrounds and nationalities to share their artistic visions and join the likes of Erich Maria Remarque, Joseph Heller, J.R.R. Tolkien, Kurt Vonnegut, Wilfred Owen, Otto Dix, John Phillip Sousa and Tim O'Brien before them.
TRACERS REVIEWS ARE IN!
Los Angeles Times
"As much a visceral experience as a dramatic presentation...celebrated in the percussive rock finale.."
Tracers is the"Pick of the Week!"
Santa Monica Daily Press calls it...
"Powerful! Mesmerizing! Brilliant!"
The Santa Monica Mirror declares...
"Each and every member of this highly trained, extraordinary cast has created a living, breathing, totally unique, actualized character- All the elements blend together, creating yet again, an unforgettable evening of theatre."
The Los Angeles Post says...
"It is so strong and powerful it will hurt, but don't let that scare you, it's a good hurt. Although the stage was small there was so much passion streaming from the stage, it made it seem huge."
And in the Culver City News...
"Despite the fact that the play was originally written with the stories of Vietnam veterans, and the current cast is comprised primarily of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the truths to be found in the shared experiences still ring true and provide a harrowing glimpse into the reality of what our service men and women encounter in the line of duty.."
The LA Progressive
"With Tracers’s run extended through November 9th, you might want to catch this riveting performance if you care at all about what these wars our country choses to fight do to the young men — boys, really — and now young women we send off to fight them."
Eye Spy LA
"From before the Vietnam War to the present day, veterans are among us with stories of service and sacrifice. ‘Tracers’ is a play everyone should see because these stories matter. These men represent the commitment and heroism both for those still serving and those who, like them, have come home. It is up to us to listen with our minds and hearts and never forget the tributes our veterans pay with their lives. This play will continue to leave an unforgettable trace on the theatrical canon and for every generation who finds it and brings its truth to the stage."
"Unforgettable. I was privileged to see such a moving story...as true to form as it should be.."
"The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history."
- Robert Rauschenberg, Veteran, U.S.N.
"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.
So do it."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Veteran, U.S. Army, WWII
United States Veterans' Artists Alliance (USVAA) is a 501 c 3, non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts organization. Founded in 2004, we provide opportunities for military veterans in the arts by networking with veterans, artists, supportive individuals and organizations within the arts and veterans' communities to find funding and support for individual artistic projects in theater, film, television and the visual/fine arts and a wide variety of crafts.
USVAA works with a number of veterans and artists in all aspects of the arts. Each of them possesses a wide range of views regarding their personal philosophy about art, their work as artists and veterans, the military, their service, war and combat and the transition from military service to civilian life.
In addition to our work with veterans and artists, we strive -- as spokespersons in the veteran's community and our endeavors as artists -- to highlight issues of concern to veterans and their families. These issues include the transition from military to civilian life, employment, the effects of wartime and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness among veterans.
For more information about our work please visit our ABOUT PAGE.
USVAA is a non-partisan organization dedicated to supporting veterans in the arts, humanities and the entertainment industry. We do not engage in electoral politics. USVAA's endorsements of political candidates, votes and propositions are limited to issues that affect veterans and the arts. Our board members and the artists associated with USVAA are a diverse group that reflects the wide variety of beliefs held among veterans. Their individual opinions and/or political activities should not be construed as reflecting positions held by USVAA.
A PATHWAY HOME
The Soldiers Project Presents "A Pathway Home" | National Conference June 8-10, 2012. On Saturday June 9th USVAA representatives will be leading a panel discussion on the arts.
VETERANS' VOX 365
Veterans honoring the literary works of veterans, accompanied by displays of fine art by veteran artists. November 2010 - November 2011
BUG by Tracy Letts; directed by Keith Jeffreys; starring, Christopher Sweeney (Veteran, U.S.M.C.) Heidi Brook Myers (Veteran, U.S. Army), Maribeth Monroe, Skip Pipo, Casey Sullivan and Manfred Hofer.
Read the LA WEEKLY review.
April Fitzsimmons' Veterans Writing Workshop at USVAA 2010-11 (Poets and Writers' Grant)
SHAKESPEARE and VETERANS, our annual free Shakespeare Program 2008 to 2010: TWELFTH NIGHT, CORIOLANUS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, and OTHELLO. (City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Grants and City Council reserve funds).
The CULVER CITY SLAM! with Nation of Improv Improv Night presented once monthly, produced by Air Force Veteran Dave Carter, 2005 - 2011
DEBRIEFING Vietnam Veterans' Photography Gallery October-November 11th 2006
CUSTER October, November 2007
Air Force Veteran April Fitzsimmons' THE NEED TO KNOW at the Kirk Douglas theater, August 2nd, 2008. (City of Culver City Cultural Affairs/Kirk Douglas Theater Grant)
DEBRIEFING Chicago National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum May-November 11th 2008
USMC Veteran Christopher Sweeney's gallery exhibit DISARMED with THE ZOO STORY, featuring Christopher Sweeney